Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

House Oversight Committee Requests Flynn Docs From WH, FBI, DoD, DNI

House Oversight Committee Requests Flynn Docs From WH, FBI, DoD, DNI

Mike Flynn - ousted as President Donald Trump's national security adviser after it was revealed he lied about contacts with the Russian government - never signed a mandatory ethics pledge before assuming the job, The Daily Beast reports.

Chaffetz and Cummings said their request included documents on security clearance applications as well as on foreign contacts and payments, including payments Flynn received from RT, the Kremlin-backed media outlet.

The letters comes after Democrats on the committee released documents showing Flynn received more than $56,000 from RT and a cybersecurity firm with links to Russian Federation for speaking engagements in 2015.

Flynn "didn't have the opportunity to sign it", said Price Floyd, a spokesman for the retired Army general. That same order instituted a lifetime ban on outgoing officials representing foreign governments. Floyd said Flynn has not engaged in any lobbying work since leaving the White House that would have violated the pledge. He and his company, Flynn Intel Group Inc, only filed retroactive documents with the Department of Justice this month to register as a foreign agent.

The pledge was meant to stop all federal appointees lobbying their former colleagues for five years after leaving government, and to bar them from lobbying for foreign governments for life.

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The government entities asked to deliver the materials include the White House, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Defense, the release added. She did not answer questions about why Flynn had not. The Daily Beast first reported on Flynn's failure to sign the pledge.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that from September to November past year, while he was working as a top adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, Flynn was lobbying for a firm linked to the Turkish government, earning $530,000.

The owner of Inovo BV, Ekim Alptekin, told The Associated Press that Flynn and his firm did so due to pressure from Justice Department officials.

The committee says the agencies have until April 3 to produce all documents.

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